Two remain missing in Bella Coola fishing boat capsize

Bella Coola

2021-08-17 14:12 PDT

File # 2021-637

The search for two individuals continues after Bella Coola RCMP were notified of a fishing guide boat that capsized on August 10, 2021.

See original news release here:

The boat was last seen at the confluence of the Salloompt River and the Bella Coola River where they had stopped for a period of time to fish. The boat was later spotted adrift without occupants near Walker Island.

One individual was found deceased and his remains recovered down stream of Walker Island. He has been identified as a 42-year-old man from Victoria, BC. Due to the privacy of the deceased, his name will not be released and the investigation into his death has been turned over to BC Coroners Service.

Bella Coola RCMP and local search parties from Campbell River, Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and other areas have continued their search throughout all of last week as they were still looking for a 51-year-old woman from Victoria, BC and a 65-year-old man from Sorrento, BC. The search efforts have been greatly assisted by the participation and indispensable local knowledge of the Nuxalk Coastal Guardian Watchmen.

The 51-year-old woman is described as a Caucasian female with blonde hair, blue eyes, 5’9 and 146 lbs. The 65-year-old man is described as Caucasian male with brown hair, green eyes, 5’10, 170lbs., and was last seen wearing waterproof waders tan or green in colour, and a camouflage hoodie.

Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the deceased and we continue to offer our support to all three families during this traumatic time and as we search for the missing two individuals, said Staff Sergeant John Grierson, North District Advisory NCO.

The RCMP West Coast Marine Services continued search efforts this past weekend with the continued assistance of the Nuxalk Coastal Guardian Watchmen.

Released by

Sgt. Chris Manseau

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Lower Mainland District
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-3791
Cell: 250-413-7954


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